Dear Horned Frogs and Horned Frog Families,
We have just marked the mid-point in our fall 2020 semester here at Texas Christian University, and it is a beautiful season here on campus. I’m extraordinarily proud of our campus community for taking such good care of one another and respecting the health, safety and choices of our friends near and far.
By remaining diligent in our protection and prevention measures, we have been able to manage and address the impact of the pandemic on campus. And, we will not rest in our effort to keep our campus as safe as possible. This is especially true as we approach cold and flu season, which is always a focus, but takes on more significance when paired with COVID-19. Our Brown-Lupton Health Center and student support teams remain staffed and ready to support our Horned Frogs. TCU nursing students will host their annual free flu vaccine clinic on Oct. 7 for the TCU community, with additional safety precautions in place.
Because of great ideas supported by our Student Government Association and new President Paige Shiring, widespread support of Protect the Purple, and a lot of hard work by numerous teams at TCU, we are proud to announce the new Community Commons, an outdoor space built to encourage outdoor, physically-distanced activities. Located in the Commons greenspace to take advantage of a central campus location and Fort Worth’s almost year-round outdoor weather, this is a space to safely gather in-person, which complements our virtual events and Zoom activities. The same protocols and safety measures apply.
Recently, we hosted our first intercollegiate athletics events, football and soccer, on campus – and we look forward to volleyball and another football game on campus later this week. We will continue to have everyone on campus mask up and maintain physical distance so we can protect our friends and guests. Thank you for cheering on our student-athletes from wherever you are – across the campus, country or globe. It’s your TCU spirit that keeps us competitive!
Thank you, for your positive approach to all that has shaped our year at TCU since the beginning of the semester – and also since the beginning of the pandemic. I’ve personally seen incredible acts of inclusion and kindness among students, extraordinary classroom engagement between faculty and students, and exceptional leadership by so many in our community. And I know we will keep getting better as we learn more and look forward to the spring semester.
Finally, I leave you with another story of Horned Frogs, along with community partners, changing the world. Specifically, a TCU research team that’s making a difference, starting with our mascot.
Horned Frogs, your thoughtful insights and feedback have brought us to this point and we are excited about the second half of a semester abundant with academic and personal growth in the midst change. Thank you for being a part of this Horned Frog family.
Victor J. Boschini, Jr.